Letters to the Editor

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Tag: holidays

Nov.
24th

HOLIDAYS: Why would TNT encourage more debt?

Re: ”Seven strategies to amass holiday cash” (TNT, 11-22).

After reading the short article on ways to amass Christmas cash, I asked my wife’s opinion on the article. She had the same thought as I: Why would The News Tribune print an article encouraging people to accrue more debt?

At first she thought the article might be tongue in cheek. To suggest that people take out a loan at 20 percent or use their credit cards at a high rate to make purchases they can’t afford is irresponsible. Any sensible suggestions that were listed later were negated by just the first two.

If

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Nov.
24th

HOLIDAYS: TNT gives bad advice to readers

Re: ”Seven strategies to amass holiday cash” (TNT, 11-22).

You took an article by Paul Sisolak, GOBankingRates.com, and completely changed it by dropping the warning caveat which was present in the original article. You took what should have been a warning about payday loans and turned it into advice that any reasonable person would see is harmful to your readers’ best interests.

Encouraging people to increase their personal debt so that they could go holiday shopping is a terrible piece of advice. Shame on you. A business section should be more responsible.

March
18th

HOLIDAYS: Is it time to honor all distinctions?

American society celebrates only two ethnic national holidays: St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo. These days are on every calendar as honor to the Irish and Latinos. Bars and pubs decorate for the occasion while serving green beer, margaritas and ethnic dishes. We all enjoy these holidays. It’s a time to enjoy these cultural ascendancies.

America is a land of edifying diversity. Our heterogenous population migrated from every corner of the globe to settle in this land of freedom and opportunity. There are Brits, Scots, French, Italians, Spaniards, Norwegians, Austrians, Russians, Germans, Poles, Africans, Arabs, Indians, Koreans, Japanese, Canadians,

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Nov.
27th

THANKSGIVING: Keep this a day for family

I think we can all agree that the commercial cancer of Christmas has officially grown so large that it has now absorbed Thanksgiving completely. Not only did Christmas advertisements start in September this year, but the traditional Black Friday retail frenzy has made it into Thanksgiving afternoon, at least.

I predict a rapid social phenomenon in which Thanksgiving is moved to Friday and shopping becomes the focus of Thursday, when everyone has the day off. Indeed, I’m wondering if Halloween needs to start getting concerned about a loss of social value to the commercial grind of Christmas.

The problem with

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Dec.
30th

TACOMA: Expand on ice-skating venue

During the holidays we took our family ice skating in the ring at Tollefson Plaza. What fun!
It is great to see this space used and alive with music and people.

A suggestion: Why not enlist some of the farmer’s market vendors and start building a Christmas market like you find in all the cities in Europe.

Since the venue appears to be a success already in the first year, it might be an incentive for vendors who create Christmas decor, Christmas baked goods offered with hot cider, etc., to set up their tents around the market, even spilling

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Dec.
20th

HOLIDAYS: Appreciate cultural, religious differences

Re: “Atheists go too far” (online letter).

I thought that we might get through Christmas without the usual bickering, an idea which seems to have been overly optimistic. This year it’s the writer of this letter who has gone too far. He chose to lob the first volley in his little war. His letter is all about picking a fight and not about Christmas spirit.

Atheists are not the only ones who might take exception to being wished a merry Christmas. Many religions celebrate their own holidays this time of year. How wonderful it would be if everyone would

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Dec.
20th

HOLIDAYS: A solution to your fruitcake nightmare

It seems that holiday cookies are the most popular treat, according to the latest opinion poll, but what to do about fruitcake?

I have a suggestion: Send it to me, because I love it. Here is my mailing address:

Robert Randle
776 Commerce St. #B-11
Tacoma, WA 98402

P.S. Oh, by the way, thanks and merry Christmas.

Dec.
19th

HOLIDAYS: Fond memories of Salvation Army help

When I saw the photo of the Salvation Army bell ringer (TNT, 12-17), it brought back many memories of my childhood days.

My family consisted of an extended family: my mom, grandmother, two young aunts, and my own sister and brothers. We did not have much money, and we never expected too much at Christmas time. But every Christmas, without fail, the knock came on the door and, lo and behold, there was a basket filled with all kinds of goodies: oranges, apples, nuts, Christmas candy, a chicken, bread for stuffing and pumpkin for the pumpkin pie.

What a delight

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